The Pumpkin Patch with a Toddler and Baby
I love traditions with all my heart! As the air turns crisp each fall, I love knowing that the time to visit the pumpkin patch is upon us! Now that Caleb’s getting older (I mean, as he himself says, he’s “almost three”), I’m doing my best to instill a love a tradition on him. So far it’s working! To honor tradition, we packed up the kiddos and visited the pumpkin patch with our baby and toddler!
Since Nate has Mondays off work (crazy pastor’s work schedule), we decided that would be a perfect day to visit the pumpkin patch. I mean, introverts like us very much prefer a less busy pumpkin patch experience please and thank you.
Caleb was absolutely in love with the pumpkin patch by the time we left. He got to go down giant slides, jump on giant pillows, pet animals, jump off hay bales, and explore a giant corn maze. Hearing his little voice yell out “dead end” at every turn (whether or not it was a dead end) is something I want to remember forever!
It’s definitely tough getting out of the house with a baby and a toddler but I never regret it! Memories are worth the extra effort!
Tips for Visiting the Pumpkin Patch with a Toddler and Baby
Pick a Time that Works for You
We schedule all our outings around nap time! Both boys usually wake up from a nap around 2ish so we typically don’t go on adventures before then. We also try to go on our big adventures on Mondays since those are less busy days but are Nate’s days off work. It’s what works for our family. Figure out a time that works for you and do it! Don’t worry about what’s “normal.” You do you! Just make sure the pumpkin patch is open when you’re hoping to go!
Find a Pumpkin Patch with Kids Activities
The pumpkin patch we go to has TONS of kids activities. Unfortunately, we miss some of them (like the cow train) when we go on a weekday but the activities that are still open make up for the things we miss out on. (Plus, Caleb doesn’t know what he’s missing out on and we’re not about to tell him!) We’d be SO SAD, though, if we went to the pumpkin patch only to realize that the kids activities weren’t happening at that time or they didn’t have kids activities at all! What’s the point of going? 😉
Pick Your Pumpkins Up Elsewhere
WHAT?!?!? You don’t get your pumpkins at the patch??? Why no, we typically don’t! This year we let Caleb get some at the pumpkin patch but they were EXPENSIVE! We think it’s so much better to go, have fun, leave the pumpkins, and stop by the grocery store to get them. But that might just be us…
Keep the Baby Happy
Sometimes life revolves around the baby. At least it does at our house. Nap times are non-negotiable, feedings have to happen when the little one is hungry, and bouncing/rocking/singing/etc has to happen at the blink of an eye. When we’re out and about that still is the case. Josiah sleeps all the stinking time (except recently at night…) so I made sure to wear him in the carrier he likes to sleep in. That way nap time could still happen!!!